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Tigers DH Victor Martinez to seek four-year deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez will look for a four-year deal on the market, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Martinez, 35, is coming off a monster year in which he hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats. He also added 32 home runs. Detroit will extend a qualifying offer to Martinez, though it's expected that he'll decline and test his luck on the market. Martinez signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Tigers in 2010.

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Royals OF Jarrod Dyson to get the start Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson will get the start Friday against the Giants.

Dyson is set to play center and hit eighth. Norichika Aoki will come off the bench. Dyson hit .269/.324/.327 over 260 at-bats during the regular season. He'll take on Tim Hudson during the start. 

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Orioles outright Steve Johnson to Triple-A
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have outrighted pitcher Steve Johnson to Triple-A.

Johnson spent all of last season dealing with a shoulder injury. He decided to have surgery in September, but is expected to be ready by spring training. Johnson can refuse the assignment, though that doesn't really matter. He's set to become a free-agent following the World Series. The Orioles have contacted Johnson's agent about keeping him in Baltimore, according to MASN. 

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Royals' Omar Infante taking Toradol to fight off shoulder pain
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Royals infielder Omar Infante, who is fresh off a signature Game 2 performance in the World Series, is taking increased doses of Toradol to fight off shoulder discomfort, the Kansas City Star reports.

"I feel better, because I'm taking strong pills," Infante said. "That’s helped me a lot. I feel it a little bit in B.P., and I still feel sore in the front of my shoulder. But yesterday I felt more comfortable."

Infante has a .229/.300/.343 line with one home run and three RBI over 10 postseason games. He may opt for offseason surgery to repair his nagging shoulder injury.

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Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera goes under the knife
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in a bone at the top of his foot on Wednesday, the team announced on Friday, per MLB.com. Cabrera, who was plagued by the injury throughout the season, batted .313 with 25 homers and 109 RBI over 611 at-bats. Cabrera is expected to be re-evaluated in three months.

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Giants believe Tim Lincecum will be fine
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Giants believe Tim Lincecum will be fine, according to CSN.

Lincecum injured his back during Wednesday's game, and was sent for an MRI Thursday. The MRI was considered precautionary, and the Giants don't expect to receive bad news. If there is an issue, Lincecum would be replaced on the roster. 

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Royals could start Jarrod Dyson Game 3
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Royals could opt to start outfielder Jarrod Dyson Game 3 against the Giants, according to the Kansas City Star.

Manager Ned Yost confirmed he's considering the move. In this scenario, Norichika Aoki would sit. Yost said he's considering the move because Aoki has more value as a pinch hitter than Dyson would late in the game. 

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A's slugger Moss has hip surgery
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss had hip surgery, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Moss had surgery to repair a torn right hip labrum. He's expected to be on crutches for four weeks following the procedure. Moss should be ready for spring training. 

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Southpaw Cesar Jimenez signs one-year deal with Phillies
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Phillies have avoided arbitration with left-hander Cesar Jimenez by agreeing to a one-year contract for next season.

The 29-year-old Jimenez pitched just 16 innings for Philadelphia in 2014 and compiled a career-best 1.69 ERA.

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OF Grady Sizemore sticking around with Phillies
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Outfielder Grady Sizemore has received a one-year deal worth $2 million to remain with the Phillies. Various reports claim that the contract includes performances bonuses.

In his first extensive play since a spate of injuries began to curtail his career in 2010, Sizemore compiled a .233/.299/.354 stat line with Boston and Philadelphis this season. He ended the season on a 3-for-37 slide.

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